Former Super Eagles and Nigeria forward Yakubu Aiyegbeni has retired from professional football on his 35th birthday.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni, who also played for Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers, made 250 Premier League appearances and scored 96 goals in a career spanning 20 years.
Happy birthday former @NGSuperEagles striker Yakubu AIyegbeni. The Yak recorded a total number of 21 goals and he is 3rd best all time scorer of the senior national team. Thank you for the memories 🌟✨🎇🎂🎂 pic.twitter.com/fysBLQOtXj
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) November 22, 2017
“I would like to officially announce my retirement from professional football today,” Yakubu told Sky Sports on Wednesday.
The striker scored 21 goals in 57 appearances for Nigeria making him the nation’s third highest goal scorer behind Rasheed Yekini and Segun ‘The Mathematical’ Odegbami.
Feed the Yak 🎉 #Nigeria's third highest scorer Yakubu Ayegbeni has announced his retirement from football on his 35th birthday 🎊. He played for #Boro #Pompey #EFC and #BRFC in the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/uqd96ZeMZ6
— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) November 22, 2017
Yakubu Aiyegbeni took part in four Africa Cup of Nations as well as the 2010 World Cup.
“The Yak… is the 3rd best all-time scorer of the senior national team. Thank you for the memories,” the Nigerian Football Federation tweeted.